Getting Around

Getting Around

Picture showing a baggage cart | © photocase

Source: Picture showing a baggage cart | © photocase

Go almost anywhere: Trains, Trams and Taxis

You can travel almost anywhere in Germany by train, tram or taxi. The country's dense network of 37,900 km of rail in addition to countless stretches of tram and bus routes are complemented by taxi services available around the clock.

The privatized ''Deutsche Bahn'' (German Rail, DB), is the most well-known rail transportation service provider, although several companies offer passenger and freight services in Germany. DB, however, operates the extremely fast ICE-trains that reach speeds of up to 300 km/h (ca. 190 mph) while traveling from Hamburg to Munich in about six hours, or from Cologne to Berlin in approximately four.

Public transportation is organized by regional transportation associations which coordinate different companies' bus routes, tramways and commuter trains in a particular region. Travelers, thus, only need to purchase one ticket from this association, in order to use all the public buses, trams and commuter trains available in the region. Most transport associations offer information in English on tickets and timetables for travelers. Information on connections around Germany by train, tram and/or bus is available from the German Rail's Travel Service.

Taxis are a comfortable way to transport you and your luggage from an airport or railway station to your final destination at any time of day or night. They generally display a yellow and black ''Taxi''-sign on the top of the cab and wait outside airports and near train stations and larger tram and bus stops, although they can also be called to pick you up. 

All taxis- or ''cabs'' - are equipped with taximeters and drivers are required to post identifying information in their cars (a registration number, name and address). Tariffs differ from town to town but are binding for the entire respective area. Usually, the bill is a combination of base fee and kilometer-based rate.